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National Gallery of Art

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Neighbourhood: National Mall
As featured in DC Art Lovers Guide and 7 other guides
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Address: 6th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20002
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One of the world's greatest art museums is comprised of two buildings: one...

One of the world's greatest art museums is comprised of two buildings: one holds paintings from the 13th through the 18th centuries and the other exhibits modern art.

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Renegade Group Tour of the National Gallery of Art
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National Gallery of Art Small-Group Walking Tour
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Small-Group Tour of the National Mall and the National Gallery of Art

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An Art Enthusiast's Must-See!

What an INCREDIBLE place for art and culture! I was truly blown away by the National Gallery! This was by far one of the most extensive and breathtaking collections in North... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2016
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Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

What an INCREDIBLE place for art and culture! I was truly blown away by the National Gallery! This was by far one of the most extensive and breathtaking collections in North America, and it's still hard to believe that it is all FREE! I have to say that the galleries are the best curated and most thoughtfully laid out galleries... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

The art available for viewing is outstanding. We've been to the Louvre, and major galleries in Amsterdam, Florence, Rome and have never seen such a varied and spectacular collection. And being a tax-paying American, it's FREE!

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Princeton, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

We went there specifically to see an exhibit called Power and Pathos in bronze. It was wonderful, and will be here until March 20, 2016. Prior to Washington DC it was shown at the Getty in Los Angeles. This was an exhibit not to be missed, with many of the artifacts recovered from the Aegean Sea.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

The National Gallery's aged door and dim entryway belied an absolutely fabulous facility with a gorgeous art collection. We had limited time, but greatly enjoyed the museum's wonderful decorative arts and Impressionist collections. You will see some works of great renown, which is a real treat! We also enjoyed lunch at the museum's Garden Cafe, which had a scrumptious lunch... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

What an amazing collection at the National Gallery of Art ! My family and I had 45 min and decide to go grab a map to pin point our favorites and we met this extraordinary volunteer at information center ( As you step in into the foyer turn left ). The gentleman was a delightful person and incredible knowledgeable. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

This place is one of the best museums anywhere, I'd say. Great spaces that are enjoyable in themselves, highest quality art, and of course cost-free (thanks, US taxpayers!).

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

Glad that my tax dollars go to support this and other Mall museums - and that they offer free admission to everyone! Love to wander through the galleries, especially enjoy the Turners and Impressionists. We went specifically to see the Power and Pathos bronze exhibit, and experiencing it on a guided tour compounded our appreciation for these amazing pieces. Someday... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

About 1/4 of all major Hellenistic bronze sculpture is at the National Gallery, never to be assembled again! Plus the National Gallery has the best gift shop of all Smithsonian Museums. Great FREE exhibit, catch it before it's gone!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

The great thing about DC is that you've got several attractions that does not require you to buy a ticket.The National Gallery of Art is one of them. You could spend a whole day in this free public gallery and still not see the entire collection. It has a great art collection by renowned artists - from paintings to sculptures... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

If you love art, are an artist, or are art curious, this is a must see. It is accessible - kindergarten children gathered in the floor for an art lesson, artists painting, live, the masterpieces on display, passionate docents telling tales about the feuds between disciplines. Photographs are encouraged, and fellow guests gladly discuss their impressions with you. You can... More 

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